Thursday, September 9, 2010

Apple Releases iPhone Configuration Utility 3.1

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Apple has released a new version of its iPhone Configuration Utility that lets you easily create, maintain, encrypt, and install configuration profiles, track and install provisioning profiles and authorized applications, and capture device information including console logs. Recommended for those managing devices running iOS 4.0 or later.

Configuration profiles are XML files that contain device security policies, VPN configuration information, Wi-Fi settings, APN settings, Exchange account settings, mail settings, and certificates that permit iPhone and iPod touch to work with your enterprise systems.

iPCU version 3.1 adds support for new Mobile Device Management (MDM) features introduced in iOS 4 and enables wireless delivery of configuration profiles. It also includes support for Cisco AnyConnect and Juniper Networks SSL VPN clients, CardDAV, multiple Exchange accounts and SAN support using Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol (SCEP).



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iPod Nano 6G Can Output Photo Slideshows to TV, Record Voice Memos

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The manual for the iPod Nano 6G reveals that the device can output photo slideshows to a TV and record Voice Memos, according to an AppleInsider report.

Although the new Nano no longer supports video it can send photo slideshows to a TV using the Apple Composite or Component cables. The slideshows are displayed at a standard VGA 620x480 resolution.

The manual also reveals that Voice Memos can be recorded using the $29 Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic. Voice memos are saved in the M4A format and can be synced to a computer.



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AT&T Substantially Improves 3G Network in New York With 850 MHz Band

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AT&T says it has substantially strengthened its 3G network in New York City by deploying spectrum in the 850 MHz band.

Seth and an AT&T network engineer overview the substantial strengthening of AT&Ts 3G mobile broadband wireless network in large portions of metro New York City, Long Island and New Jersey, where it has deployed spectrum in the 850 MHz band. As a result, customers in these areas should experience better connectivity, performance and enhanced in-building wireless coverage.



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Games You Can Already Play on Game Center

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Developers are starting to go live with updates that support iOS 4.1's new Game Center feature.

Here is some of the titles already available:

● Flight Control - Firemint
● FarmVille by Zynga - Zynga
● Cro-Mag Rally - Pangea Software, Inc.
● Touchgrind - Illusion Labs
● Zen Bound 2 Universal - Secret Exit Ltd.
● Real Racing - Firemint
● PAC-MAN - Namco Networks America Inc.

Update:
Apple has now created a new section on iTunes to list games compatible with Game Center. Check it out at the link below...

[Game Center]


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Talking Presidents 1.0 on iOS

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Ascii Studios has introduced Talking Presidents 1.0 for iOS, their entertainment app which allows users to create, email, and post comic video parodies containing their own morphed voice and the Presidents from Mt Rushmore. Talking Presidents expands the popular Talking Character concept by allowing movies to be made with multiple personalities. The included morphing control panel allows the user to tweak their voice to create humorous voice effects. The app requires a microphone for recording voices. Both the iPad and iPhone have built-in mics, but the iPod touch requires an external, plug-in headset/mic.

All characters simulate speech using complex, voice-dependent animation of their mouths. The mouth does not simply move up and down. Rather, it moves realistically, syllable by syllable. The character's eyes blink convincingly at the beginning or end of some sentences, further adding to the illusion.

Once recorded, the voice may be altered using the built-in DIRAC Time Stretch/Pitch Shift technology, which allows simultaneous, independent control of tempo, pitch, and resonance. It is quick and simple to create a high-pitched cartoon voice which speaks at normal speed. Following the creation of an animated clip, it is easy to create another using a different character and different voice effect. Clips are saved in the order created, and may be exported or saved as a single, multi-clip movie. In this way characters may engage in an entertaining dialogue if desired.

Feature Highlights:
* Create, save, and share animated characters featuring your own voice
* Extremely simple to use: just pick a character and touch the red record button
* Recorded voices may be morphed in limitless ways using built-in DIRAC technology
* Share your finished move on Facebook, YouTube or email from within the app
* Create multi-character, dialog driven movies by stacking clips to create a movie

"Entertain your friends on FaceBook and YouTube with irresistible animated characters speaking in crazy voices," said company Director Stephen Eddy. "Talking Presidents 1.0 employs sophisticated animation and sound technologies and the end result will be sure to make you laugh."

Pricing and Availability:
Talking Presidents 1.0 is available now worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category. Review copies are available upon request.


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Fast and Simple Text Recognition for Mac OS X

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ExactCODE continues to improve OCRKit, and bring streamlined and easy to use text recognition to the Mac. OCRKit recognizes text from images and PDF documents and transform them into searchable PDFs by using advanced Optical Character Recognition technology. The latest OCRKit update 1.5 allows to save HTML and RTF formats and TXT UTF-8 encoded plain text. In addition it improves the recognition and stability of OCRKit plus the user-interface translations got updated.

OCRKit comes as a native, Intel Macintosh application focusing on usability and simple to use. By dragging a document onto the application icon a searchable and multi page PDF is quickly created. OCRKit helps to organize the office workflow: By making received information, in image or PDF form, from a copier, scanner, receipt or via e-mail editable and indexable to find them with Spotlight or manage them in a database application.

OCRKKit comes with support for many OCR languages, including English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish, and even more user-interface translations: English, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Simplified-Chinese, Traditional-Chinese, and works with Apple Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5 as well as with the 'Snow Leopard' version 10.6. on Intel Macs. The support of AppleScript allows professionals to create dedicated solutions for specific and even difficult workflows.

What's new in OCRKit 1.5?
* added support to save Html (Hyper Text Markup Language) format
* added support to save RTF (Rich Text Format) format
* added support to save TXT UTF-8 encoded plain text
* improved recognition and stability
* updated user-interface translations
* many other improvements

Other features of OCRKit:
* Streamlined and easy OCR for Mac OS X
* As simple as drag and drop files to the application icon* Can read existing PDFs and many popular raster image formats, including TIFF, JPEG, JPEG2000, BMP, PNM and more
* Creates Portable Document Files (PDF), virtually readable everywhere
* Powerful automatic image filters, as well as optional de-screen
* Rotate documents on-the-fly
* No limits, neither on the daily processing volume, nor pages per document

Pricing and Availability:
OCRKit is available for the special introductory price of EUR 39 or $49 (USD) till end of September. Thereafter it will be available for EUR 49 or $59 (USD) online, and several distributors and resellers world-wide. OCRKit - powerful, streamlined, yet affordable OCR for Mac.


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Video Effects For The Masses

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Independent developer Libero Spagnolini has announced the release and immediate availability of FaceMan 1.0, his new video effects app for iPhone and iPod touch devices. Let the fun begin! Leveraging on the latest iOS graphics technologies, FaceMan is an amazing app that does Photoshop like video effects.

The real fun starts when you use the cool effects that FaceMan is able to render. Based on a streamlined and super easy to use interface, FaceMan sports 16 incredible effects, and pushes the limits of what is possible on a mobile device. FaceMan is sure to provide many hours of fun that you can share with your friends.

FaceMan also comes with a great built in album that lets you collect all your coolest effects. You can even save a picture to the Photo Album app or share it by email. Specifically designed to make great use of front facing camera, FaceMan can become very addictive so watch out. It works great to kill some time, and will provide hours of fun.

Terrific effects list:
* Swirl: start a "revolution" today
* X-Ray: need to look in depth
* Stretch: square face anyone?
* Heat: simulate a thermal camera
* Sketch: everyone favorite
* Sepia: old style pictures
* Dent: cannot resist laughing
* Led: not too many pixels
* Emboss: displacement face
* LightTunnel: radiant smile
* Bulge: big potato nose
* Squeeze: dragon ball style effect
* BrokenTv: need to fix it
* Mirror: the other you
* Toon: less color for everybody
* BlackAndWhite: old times

Pricing and Availability:
FaceMan 1.0 is priced $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photography category.



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Layered Vector Drawing with Uncluttered GUI

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Bohemian Coding has introduced Sketch 1.0, their new vector drawing application for Mac OS X. Its intentionally minimalist design is based upon a drawing space of unlimited size and layers, free of palettes, panels, menus, windows, and controls. Tools and modifiers are accessed as needed from drop-down graphical menus, and help/control dialogues open and close automatically. Though simple to use, it offers powerful vector drawing and text tools similar to those in more costly apps. Sketch can be used in conjunction with the company's bit-mapped graphics editor, DrawIt for OS X, as well as the portable SketchPad app for iPad.

Vector graphics do not lose any resolution when scaled up, while ordinary, bit-mapped graphics (i.e., photos) do. And because vector graphics describe shapes rather than pixels, they produce smooth curves and edits. Sketch is a true vector editing application and has many powerful tools to manipulate those vectors. The app features three different drawing tools: pen, pencil and brush. These tools are accessed through a drop-down menu in the user-configurable toolbar. Selecting the pen tool brings up the following message in small letters at the top of the drawing space: "Click and drag to add points and curves or click on a line to insert between existing points." The message scrolls back up after five seconds, leaving only a small pop-up menu at the bottom of the screen confirming the icon and name of the tool.

This elegant combination of message and pop-up window appears when using any tools or performing any operations, effectively and unobtrusively providing helpful feedback to the user. An inspector window can be opened to display or edit the complete parameters of any object. Sketch includes 10 pre-defined, editable shapes, and the ability to create user-defined shapes. These customized shapes are composed of objects (vector, picture, or text), which are designated as symbols. Once defined, multiple instances of symbols can be easily inserted into a drawing, and editing one affects them all in multiple layers, groups and pages within a single document.

Feature Highlights:
* Professional looking vector graphics, in a simple, versatile package
* Clean user interface with pop-up windows that appear and disappear automatically
* Infinite workflow, infinite size drawing space, layers, pages, and navigation
* Rulers, grids, and alignment tools
* Group and un-group layers
* Overlapping slices of a document can be defined and exported individually
* Fully customizable radial and linear gradients
* Import .jpg, .tif, .png, .gif, etc.
* Export .pdf, .svg, .eps, .jpg, .png, .gif, etc.
* Bohemian Coding's DrawIt for OS X can be used for filters and pixel-precise editing of Sketch documents
* Bohemian Coding's SketchPad can be used for modifying Sketch documents on the iPad

In addition to a wide variety of object creation tools, the application features a host of object modification tools. These include: precise Boolean operations, join & split, decorate, transform, scissors, rotate, smart rotate, stroke width, patch, blob, eraser, distort, and mirror. Of special interest are dynamic Boolean operations on groups of vectors rather than complete shapes, and smart rotate which allows multiple copies of a layer to be rotated around a point. The application also has complete text handling, allowing: text on path, user-definable text styles, kerning, leading, stroke, fill, and inner and outer shadow.

"I am quite proud of its minimalistic interface," stated President Pieter Omvlee. "For those who don't require a highly complex program like Adobe Illustrator, Sketch is a perfect solution."

Pricing and Availability:
Sketch 1.0 is $55, USD, (or its equivalent in other currencies) and available for direct download from Bohemian Coding. A free 15-day trial version is available. Review copies are available upon request.




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Obscure Apps HD 1.0

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Obscure Apps HD 1.0 by independent developer Paul Masson is currently listed under New & Noteworthy iPad Utilities in the App Store. Obscure Apps HD helps to improve the discoverability of the App Store by presenting lists of highly rated yet virtually unknown apps: apps that are loved by small groups of people, but that rarely get the attention they deserve.

For each category of the the App Store, and each subcategory of Games, the user can browse a list of selected apps. Touching an app drills down for essential details pulled directly from the App Store. Each listed app can then be viewed in the App Store itself for purchase.

The apps listed in Obscure Apps HD are selected by a custom algorithm incorporating planned regular updates. Each new update will offer a different snapshot of the App Store's most highly rated yet virtually unknown apps. Obscure Apps HD features apps either specifically for the iPad, or compatible with both the iPad and iPhone. Its companion Obscure Apps features apps for the iPhone or iPod touch. Try both to unearth the rare gems of the App Store!

Pricing and Availability:
Obscure Apps HD 1.0 is available worldwide in the Apple App Store for $0.99 in the Utilities category. Promotional codes are available to established reviewers: please specify your website or blog in any request.



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New Exploit Could Bring Jailbreak for iOS 4.1

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A new exploit credited to @pod2g could bring about a jailbreak for iOS 4.1, according to a series of tweets from MuscleNerd.

Earlier today @pod2g tweeted the following decryption keys:
iPhone 4G iBSS 4.0.1: iv=91f94e5d726a2d2f2c7ffad58d4f3b77 key=d05c3c40db40e738926f811b8b1314038d26096c4102461698a49098c47a3fe6

MuscleNerd then tweets:

congrats to @pod2g for the latest exploit and also @p0sixninja who have been trying for months.

Crazy timing that @pod2g got latest exploit just as 4.1 went public (lots of work left...keep away from 4.1 for now!)

We'll keep you up to date on the situation as we learn more. Please remember not to upgrade to iOS 4.1.


Update:
Good news from @pod2g :)

Works on 4.1 (!) iBSS iv=c2c5416472e5a0d6f0a25a123d5a2b1c key=1fbc7dcafaec21a150a51eb0eb99367550e24a077b128831b28c065e61f894a0

Update x2:
Exploit is confirmed working for the iPod Touch 4G as well. A source has told BGR that in order to patch this particular bootrom hack Apple would need "a whole new processor rev." A re-flashed or patched bootrom for the current hardware would not be sufficient.





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iPod Touch 4G Teardown Reveals No Vibration Motor, 256GB of RAM

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iFixIt's teardown of the iPod touch 4G reveals that the device does not have a vibration motor and only 256GB of RAM.

An earlier report and a product description from Apple stated that the iPod touch 4G would receive vibration alerts for FaceTime calls. Apple today updated their site to remove references to vibration and it seems that TouchFans misidentified the microphone as the vibration motor.

Other Notes:
● The battery lists a capacity of 3.44 Watt-hours.
● The fourth generation Touch's rear-facing camera does not support autofocus and is a much lower resolution
● The new iPod Touch includes only 256 MB of RAM
● This iPod features the same A4 processor that's found in the iPad and iPhone 4
● The iPod Touch now has a legitimate speaker

iPod Touch 4th Generation Repairability: 4 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)
● Good: Opening the device is pretty straightforward, as long as you have a heat gun and some iPod Touch opening tools handy.
● Good: The headphone jack is not soldered to the logic board, a first for the iPod Touch line.
● Bad: The front glass and LCD are permanently fused together, increasing the cost of repairing broken front glass.
● Bad: Removing the display completely requires removing the logic board
● Bad: Apple soldered the volume button and sleep button cable to the logic board. The previous Touch had a ZIF connector. This makes removing logic board very difficult.
● Bad: The battery is still soldered to the logic board, just like previous models.





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iOS 4.1 Brings Field Test Mode Back to the iPhone

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Users are reporting that iOS 4.1 once again allows you to enter Field Test mode on your iPhone and get a numeric representation of signal strength.

To try this you must first update your iPhone to iOS 4.1 then dial *3001#12345#*.

You'll notice that your signal bars are replaced with numbers. The closer the number to 0 then higher your signal strength. For example -10 is much stronger then -100.


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Apple Releases iOS 4.1 SDK to Developers

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Following the release of the iOS 4.1 firmware, Apple has seeded the iOS 4.1 SDK to developers.

The build number of the SDK is 10M2309 and it is available for download from the iOS Dev Center.




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iMovie App Updated With Ability to Split Video Clips, iPod Touch 4G Support

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Apple has updated their iMovie applications for the iPhone with the ability to split video clips, iPod touch 4G support, and more

Make beautiful HD movies anywhere with iMovie, the fun, feature-rich video editing app designed for Multi-Touch. Create a video postcard of your day at the beach and publish it to the web — without ever leaving your spot in the sand. Or make a movie of your child’s birthday party and send it to your parents — while the party is in full swing. With iMovie, you can start several projects and finish them whenever you want and wherever you are.

Made for Multi-Touch.
• Tap to add or record video right into your project.
• Drag to trim the lengths of video clips and photos.
• Swipe to split video clips.
• Pinch to zoom the timeline and get a closer look.

Give it a theme.
• Choose from a selection of themes including Modern, Bright, Travel, Playful, and News.
• Each theme includes a matching set of titles and transitions – plus its own soundtrack.
• Instantly change themes or swap themed elements in your project.
• Titles and graphics automatically update with location data from your video.

Add music and photos.
• Select from included music that matches each iMovie theme, or select from your own song library.
• Switch on the audio for video clips and iMovie automatically lowers the volume of background music.
• Add photos from your own library, or take a picture and drop it into your project.
• Customize each photo with a unique “Ken Burns” panning effect.

Share your movie.
• Export your movie in one of three sizes: medium, large, or HD.
• Share your movie on the web in a MobileMe Gallery or on YouTube.
• Send your movie to friends and family in an email or via an MMS message on iPhone 4.
• Easily sync your movie back to your computer.


What's New In This Version:
• Compatible with iPod touch (4th generation).
• Ability to split video clips.
• Automatic music looping when video extends beyond music track.
• Scrub to preview clips in Video Browser.
• In-app Tips page that illustrates how to use key features.
• Updated Photos Browser with newest images at top.
• Mute badge to indicate video clips with audio disabled.
• Additional performance and reliability improvements.

You can purchase iMovie from the App Store for $4.99.











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